CAOE Quarterly Newsletter - April 2019

May 30, 2019
CAOE project working to improve airport checkpoints


CAOE project working to improve airport checkpoints

One of our current projects, “Dynamic resource allocation for predicted demands at a network of screening facilities” , includes working with TSA to complete field work at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.  This project with lead researchers, Ruey (Kelvin) Cheu, University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) and Ron Askin, Arizona State University (ASU), is showing some exciting early results.  In this video, Cheu and Askin, as well as students from ASU and UTEP discuss the value and progress of this project and how the work of the CAOE is making a tangible difference.  Click Here

improve airport checkpoints


CAOE celebrates first year with open house

To commemorate our first anniversary and the completion of our space renovation, the CAOE hosted an open house showcasing the successes of our first year featuring remarks by Ross Maciejewski, CAOE Director; James Collofello, Vice Dean, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; and Jamie Winterton, Director of Strategy, Global Security Initiative.Read More

CAOE celebrates first year with open house


TSA-CAOE Symposium to be hosted at ASU


TSA-CAOE Symposium


The Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) is excited to continue the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Symposium for a 5th year. This two-day invitation-only symposium on Innovation in Transportation Security will be hosted at ASU and will feature leaders from TSA, academia and industry. For more information or to request an invitation, please contact .


DHS Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) visits ASU

ASU Research Professor, W.P. Carey School of Business, Thomas Kull has been working on a CAOE project with the DHS Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL). The PIL is a DHS initiative designed for experimenting with innovative techniques to increase efficiency and implementing best practices in the DSH procurement process.  Recently, a team from the PIL including Polly Hall, Acquisition Innovation Advocate/Procurement Innovation Lab Lead, Trevor Wagner, Procurement Innovation Lab Testing & Re-Engineering Lead and John Inman, Senior Procurement Innovation Coach came to ASU to meet with students, faculty and administration to discuss ways to engage with students interested in internships and career opportunities at DHS. Read More


DHS Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL)


Distinguished Speaker Seminar - Detlof von Winterfeld

As a past COE director for one of the first Centers of Excellence, the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events  (CREATE),  Winterfeldt shared some interesting insights into running a successful COE and how to measure that success.  Talking in detail on the results of a two-year benefit cost analysis (BCA) for ten selected COE projects,  Detlof explained how with the projects showed return close to the $500 million budget during the centers 15 year history proving the value of the COE program.


Please follow the CAOE events page for information on Distinguished Speaker Seminars and other events scheduled for this spring.


Detlof von Winterfeld


Summer research experience at UNLV

The CAOE is looking for UNLV students interested in Homeland Security and Data Analytics for an opportunity to gain hands-on experience working on a research project to improve airport checkpoint operations. This paid educational and research experience will include both classroom lectures on data-driven systems analysis methods and field work at McCarran airport. Click here for more information. 

Summer Research Program


Amy Bennett marks 5 years at ASU

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CAOE project manager, Amy Bennett was recently honored at the Knowledge Enterprise Service Award Ceremony at ASU for 5 years of outstanding service. Bennett has been an integral part of the CAOE since the beginning and was part of the proposal team for the CAOE as a Research Advancement Administrator, Senior in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering (CIDSE) prior to the inception of the CAOE. Amy is a proud Sun Devil and we are fortunate to have her on our team. Congratulations Amy Bennett for celebrating 5 years at ASU!

2019 COE Summit - July 31- August 1

Hosted by the DHS Centers of Excellence (COE), this event is a unique opportunity for COE researchers to connect and network with DHS components, federal, state, and local stakeholders, as well as industry partners to present current and emerging solutions to threats and challenges faced by DHS.

Registration opens May 1.

For more information visit

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CAOE in the news

Eva Lee – Inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows
Powerful, pragmatic pioneers.  Personal profiles of 10 pillars of O.R. profession (featuring CAOE researcher Eva Lee) 
Drones take flight in a basement gymnasium in Albany (featuring CAOE researcher Brandon Behlendorf)